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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > Family Naticidae
Pink moon snail
Naticarius zonalis
Family Naticidae
updated Aug 2020
Where seen? This moon snail with a pretty pink and white body is sometimes encountered on some of our shores near and among seagrass meadows.

Features: 2-3cm. Shell smooth thick spherical (not flat) with the spiral tip sticking out a little. Shell pattern plain orangey brown sometimes with smudged bars and faded stripes near the spiral. On the underside, a shallow depression. Operculum plain pearly white (no markings), with several fine grooves. Foot transparent with a white margin and a pattern of white bars and red spots, front part of the body densely covered with tiny orangey pink spots. Tentacles short, pink or orange.

Changi, Jul 06

Changi, Jul 06
Moon on the hunt: One was seen clasping a bivalve in its foot above ground.

With a bivalve enveloped in its foot.
Changi, Aug 12

A tiny one (about 1cm).
Labrador, Sep 09

Pink moon snails on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Chek Jawa, Jun 14

Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.

East Coast Park, Aug 18

Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.
 


Terumbu Pempang Laut, Aug 21


Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.
 

References
  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
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